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lancaster, ca restaurants

Thank you so much for the list. I leave Sunday for three nights and needed something this comprehensive.

Aug 17, 2011
lotta_cox in California

BEST RESTAURANTS IN PALM SPRINGS

I continue to visit Palm Springs often for business. I love Shanghai Reds for raw oysters & roasted artichoke & kiyosaku for sushi.

Jan 17, 2011
lotta_cox in California

Looking for great sushi near Diamond Bar.

Rokuan. Definitely. Not a place for 50 kinds of rolls. But a purist's sushi. Generous cuts of fish, rice portions on the small side. They're famous for their uni, served just dripping and spilling over the curled edge of the nori. I am even more consistently blown away by their ramen. I have driven there from LA for ramen rather than eating at Daikokuya just minutes from my home.

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Daikokuya
327 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Rokuan Restaurant
14230 Chino Hills Pkwy Ste B, Chino Hills, CA 91709

Jan 17, 2011
lotta_cox in Los Angeles Area

salmon rillettes: too much salmon and no lox

i am planning to use a fusion of two recipes. one that calls for .5 lb salmon and .5 lb lox. husband picked up too much salmon and no lox. do you think this will turn out ok with all salmon, no lox and maybe some extra mascarpone?

(one recipe calls for mascarpone and olive oil, the other butter and olive oil)

Aug 21, 2010
lotta_cox in Home Cooking

Extremely classy recovery by Chef Ludo and Royal/T on an "off" night - Bravo! [REVIEW]

Honestly, the good humor with which you and your party handled their flub shows that you are as classy as they are. I know they are a little challenged working in a very small kitchen in this particular venue. I appreciate you not reading them the riot act. They're good people.

Dec 10, 2009
lotta_cox in Los Angeles Area

Reservoir in Silverlake?

I have had a couple great experiences at Reservoir. Good food, good service, good wine at reasonable prices.

Nov 28, 2009
lotta_cox in Los Angeles Area

Mediocre Bouchon

I loved the salmon rillette at Bouchon in Vegas, has me really wanting Bouchon BH first chance I get.

Nov 28, 2009
lotta_cox in Los Angeles Area

Unusual Eating Experiences in the Los Angeles Area?

Izayoi, try the fish bones and good izakaya in general.

Kagaya for shabu shabu.

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Izayoi
132 S Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Kagaya
418 E. 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Nov 15, 2009
lotta_cox in Los Angeles Area

PLEASE POST YOUR VOTES HERE: Ultimate Los Angeles Restaurants 2009

Over $25:
Church & State
Fig
Saddle Peak Lodge
The Bazaar
Animal

Under $25
Haru Ulala
Cole's
Jitlada
Umami
Loteria at the Farmer's Market

Nov 15, 2009
lotta_cox in Los Angeles Area

Good soup?

Church $ State does do a good French onion soup. And Mazke seems to have rectified the previous issue with over saltedness.

Nov 15, 2009
lotta_cox in Los Angeles Area

Quiet Brunch in Hollywood? Suggested wanted

I understand the brunch at Palihouse is very nice. On Sunset just past Vine, in the Social Hollywood outdoor space.

Sep 24, 2009
lotta_cox in Los Angeles Area

Fig

we ate there this last saturday. our food and service were fantastic. hanger steaks, mussels, etc. delicious. one of my favorite wines, pleides, by the glass.

Sep 21, 2009
lotta_cox in Los Angeles Area

Ludobites Review with Pics

He is planning on opening at an as yet undisclosed location. I heard him speak about one he was considering during a large dinner party, however I prefer not to publish what I overheard. I think we can expect to see him in a kitchen again hopefully before the end of the year.

Sep 19, 2009
lotta_cox in Los Angeles Area

Loteria Grill Hollywood: review con pics

yes, i had a wonderful margarita! this was sometime ago, I don't think I can remember it.

Sep 06, 2009
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Ludobites Review with Pics

obviously he didn't extend the run, however we will definitely be seeing more of him this fall.

Sep 06, 2009
lotta_cox in Los Angeles Area

Ludobites Review with Pics

I didn't love the boudin noir. the texture was unsatisfying to me.

Sep 06, 2009
lotta_cox in Los Angeles Area

RECs for Lunch with a Vegan on Sunday

I went to Inn of the Seventh Ray a couple weeks ago, and was insistent upon having a benedict or at the very least poached eggs and bacon. I took one look at the buffet and changed my mind. Everything I ate was delicious and everything I ate was vegetarian, and most of what I ate was vegan.

Aug 14, 2009
lotta_cox in Los Angeles Area

Silly place for 40th Bday Pasadena for work related party

Red, White & Bluez

Aug 14, 2009
lotta_cox in Los Angeles Area

BLT Steak...what to get?

how awful. that amount of salt in my food actually can hurt the top of my tongue. i am sad you had this experience because everytime i have been it has been great.

Aug 14, 2009
lotta_cox in Los Angeles Area

Ludobites Review with Pics

the foie in my sandwich looked like foie itself, not mousse. did the server say it was mousse? mine was cooked improperly so I took mine apart and ate the elements separately, and it looked like a generous slice of foie.

Aug 14, 2009
lotta_cox in Los Angeles Area

Ludobites Review with Pics

shoot molly! i missed your post. i only check in on chowhounds a couple times a week. I was there with 2 girlfriends eating at the end of one of the long communcal tables between 7:30 and 10.

Aug 14, 2009
lotta_cox in Los Angeles Area

Loteria Grill Hollywood: review con pics

mmmm...well enchiladas suiza is one of my favorite dishes, so I think you ordered brilliantly! I didn't have problems with the service but we were there during an off hour, maybe slightly post-lunch, IIRC.

Aug 14, 2009
lotta_cox in Los Angeles Area

Essex Public House on Hollywood Review with pics

Michael Tips, the master behind the drinks program, chatted with us while we perused the list. I was white whining it Friday night but D convinced me to order a cocktail. Rarely endorsing mixed drinks beyond a vodka soda or martini, his suggestion holds weight. He tried the Five Points. With lemon juice, Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Honey Simple Syrup, this is a modern interpretation of a sidecar. And delicious. And beautiful. Note oversized ice cubes.

Michael told us he does not buy his cubes from Neve Luxury Ice, that would be too spendy. Rather, he makes the giant cubes in the back and chips off smaller pieces for each evening.
Feeling brave under the spell of our friendly conversation with Michael, I ordered the Grace, Stoli Raz, Lime Juice, Simple Syrup, Hefty Spoonful of Strawberries, Topped with Champagne.
Normally way too sweet sounding for me, but this was easy on the simple syrup. Summery berry deliciousness.

I started with squash blossoms, something I jump at anytime they are on the menu. Essex's are stuffed with niçoise olives and ahi tuna, satisfyingly hearty and salty but overtaking the light zucchini flavor of the blossoms. A delicious romesco sauce accompanies, which I used to nibble with other stuff instead of on the blossoms themselves. Lightly fried, lightly battered. Good.

A standard beet, orange and burrata salad was also good. This one has a little kick to it containing chunks of hazelnut brittle. Not my favorite thing, but it definitely added an unexpected dimension, and D really loved them sizable chunks. The freshness and flavors of this salad are solid.

We shared the fairly giant bowl of grilled sweet corn succotash. This is a winning side dish for any menu item. Lots of corn cut from the cob, and not overcooked. Slices of new potato and halves of cherry tomatoes. On top two cherry tomatoes were stuffed with jalapeño cheese, a nice touch reminiscent of jalapeño poppers (one of my favorite guilty pleasures).

For a main, D ordered the Grilled Angus Hanger Steak. Petite Tomato Salad, Housemade Steak Sauce. Because he orders steak medium-well/well, I am almost embarrassed to show a picture of the resulting shoe leather. The tomato salad was gorgeous, though. Dressed very lightly, with leaves of arugula, the summery freshness of the tomatoes really stood out

In summation, of the food I would say the style lands somewhere between pub grub and gastropub. Gastropub bring to mind London's The Eagle and their Spanish influenced fare or locally The Village Idiot on Melrose with their slightly more highbrow food. Unsure how to categorize the food at Essex correctly, I will say that I was very pleased with the quality of their food, the freshness of the ingredients and the variety on the menu. Other tempting items on the menu include Pork Belly + Scallop Skewers, Figs in a Blanket (prosciutto wrapped figs), Duck Confit Salad, Short Rib Shepherd's Pie, and Oxtail Beef Ravioli. This hearty menu definitely deserves another go-round by yours truly.

review with pics: http://foodshethought.blogspot.com/20...

Aug 09, 2009
lotta_cox in Los Angeles Area

Ludobites Review with Pics

the chorizo soup with the pickle granita was psychotically good.

Aug 08, 2009
lotta_cox in Los Angeles Area

Ludobites Review with Pics

that's a shame. everything we ordered that night was so wonderfully sublime. i go again tonight with friends. hopefully i have not overhyped it in my mind.

Jul 29, 2009
lotta_cox in Los Angeles Area

A.O.C.: short review avec pics

A.O.C.
8022 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048-4307
(323) 653-6359
www.aocwinebar.com

To start, I ordered directly from the special flights a trio of whites from the Lompoc wine ghetto just north of us in Santa Barbara county. These whites were deliciously summery. Fruit forward, and not too sweet. I actually liked them best in order rather than progressively. The Palmina Tocai Firulani was my favorite.

The menu at A.O.C. continues to excite. In the mood for veggies and fish, there were too many selections to choose from. I wished we were dining with more people. Shrimp, salmon, trout and mussels, it all looked delicious. In advance, please excuse the iPhone pics. Making an attempt to be spontaneous, I headed out without my camera. I am sure even with my G9 the pics would have been mediocre due to the very yellow mid range light quality. The lighting at A.O.C. is really not interesting for food shots.

Food wise, we were jump started with simple white crusty bread and a pepper tapenade. The texture and flavor felt and tasted like roasted bell peppers with something spicy (red pepper flakes maybe?) and lots of rich olive oil. I am not a huge fan of the bell pepper, but D gobbled this down and decreed it yummy.

D has transformed overnight in a pâté eater. From the charcuterie menu for an hors d'ouevres, he ordered us chicken liver crostini with pancetta. Fancy! Atop two long slices of slightly oily grilled bread, the chicken pâté was spread generously and topped by a bacony piece of pancetta with the entire dish topped with lightly dressed frisée. This was probably my favorite dish of the night. I am, of course, a fan of organ meat anyway. This one was a nice rendition, not as fatty as my favorite chicken liver mousse at BLT, and I was thrilled to watch the order for pâté generate from my manly dining companion.

I do love the way food comes out of the kitchen at A.O.C. We ordered one-for-one in terms of course, they came out nevertheless one-by-one to share instead of side by side. Enforced sharing. I like it. The service at A.O.C. is always so good, I am sure they would deliver the food however you ask for it. Above is the requisite summertime heirloom tomato and burrata salad with balsamic and crunchy croutons with broad flat leaf parsley. Ubiquitous that night, this flat leaf parsley was a delicious addition to several items we noshed on. Big herbaceous flavor from those broad flat leaves. This salad, and the one to follow, in my opinion were a little overdressed. With delicious burrata, summertime heirlooms fat and ripe, and all that parsley, dressing should be a slight addition to the flavor not so overpowering.

My salad came out second. Beets with feta, cucumbers and yogurt. I cannot resist savory food with yogurt, and I liked this combo. The yogurt was hiding on the bottom of the dish, so I found myself really scooting things around to evenly coat each beet with cumminy spiced Persian yogurt. The cukes were almost an afterthought in the dish because they were sliced tiny...I think I kind of avoided them. Cucumbers and feta are a winning flavor combination though, and this dish left the bar clean.

My entree was the humongous Gulf shrimp with tomato butter and cornbread. It sounds better in theory than it actually was. At both A.O.C. and Hungry Cat, although I know they are cheffed by different people, there is a tendency toward serving shellfish in their exoskeletons. Removing the proteins from the shell themselves, clients are treated to an experience both sophisticated and earthy. While I am not the most sophisticated person on the planet, I am not the earthiest either. The times I ate at Killer Shrimp I ordered my shrimps shelled for the extra couple clams. I prefer my arthropods sans shells. The tomato butter did not taste as saturated with tomatoeyness as I thought it would, and the effect was greasier than I had imagined.

Again, the yummy flat leaf parsley. Mediterranean style, A.O.C.'s food is not known for being light. There are certainly light choices on the menu, but I found 3/5 of the plates we ate to be overly oily or overtly greasy. The flavors in the shrimp dish were good, just not great. I liked the grilled crispy cornbread but sitting in the tomato butter it absorbed a lot of fat. The small piece of cornbread was pretty much drenched by the time it hit my lips, which compromised some of the grittiness I love in a cornbread.

The last dish of the evening was conversely quite dry. Halibut with salt cod, underneath there somewhere, sorrel and garlic. This dish was good, but the fish itself was rather dry. I would have liked a little more salt cod to squish around with the halibut. Flavors were nice though.

mediocre iphone pics here: http://foodshethought.blogspot.com/20...

Jul 29, 2009
lotta_cox in Los Angeles Area

Garage Pizza - Any good?

me too. argh.

Jul 24, 2009
lotta_cox in Los Angeles Area

Garage Pizza - Any good?

i like Garage better than Two Boots. Two Boots fell flat for me. Although their stromboli was marvelous.

Jul 24, 2009
lotta_cox in Los Angeles Area

affordable dinner downtown?

that's unfortunate. however, every time I tried to go, the outside patio was closed for a private party. like 4 times. i stopped trying.

Jul 24, 2009
lotta_cox in Los Angeles Area

Ludobites Review with Pics

NO! no stems, i think we drank wine out of tumblers, IIRC. also, it is super casual, go for an anniversary if you are both DYING to go. The food is certainly worthy. However, the atmosphere is really not celebratory. the room is v small, we ate outside against a wall. remember this is a b'fast and lunch place known for their bread.

The service, however, was sublime. More casual and friendly than Bazaar, but just wonderful. I haven't had better service anywhere. 8 dishes for two people would be great. I plan to go again in 2 weeks with friends in town from UK.

Jul 18, 2009
lotta_cox in Los Angeles Area